‘Petticoat Junction’ Actor Frank Cady Attributed His Acting Success To His Bald Head

by Taylor Cunningham

In the 1960s, Frank Cady simultaneously starred in three Top 20 rated TV shows, including The Andy Griffith Show. Such a feat was—and still is—unheard of.

But during a 1970s interview, Cady revealed the secret to his success.

From 1965 to 1970, Cady starred in Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, and The Beverly Hillbillies. In all three, he played the same character, Sam Drucker.

Drucker wore many hats in the series. He was a newspaper editor, mayor, general storekeeper, and justice of the peace. And sometimes he was also a deputy sheriff, country clerk, or water commissioner—all within the town of Hooterville, of course.

Between the three series, Frank Cady appeared in hundreds of episodes. And in all of them, he played a comedic role.

And somehow, he also managed to keep up recurring roles on other shows, such as The Andy Griffith ShowGunsmoke, and Wagon Train at the same time.

A television writer for United Press International wrote in 1969 that the actor was “a force to deal with in television through sheer quantitative appearances.”

But the ever-humble Cady responded to the fanfare saying, “I don’t have a big impact. I’m not a flashy guy.”

However, the Hooterville legend did explain how he landed so many jobs in such a short time frame. According to him, his bald head made him a sought-after character actor.

‘Andy Griffith’ Star Frank Cady Started Balding in his 20s

During a 1970 interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cady shared that he started losing his hair when he was only 24-years-old. And being prematurely bald gave him a competitive advantage in the film industry, which was great because he didn’t think he was good-looking enough to make it in Hollywood otherwise.

“I’m not that handsome type, the collar-ad kind,” said Cady. “The dome has helped. I know I’m the character type.”

Off-screen, Cady was married to his college sweetheart, Shirley, whom he met while starring in musicals at Stanford University. And when Shirley first laid eyes on her future husband, he was already bald.

throughout their marriage, the couple wrote songs together and eventually had one son and one daughter. And their shared passions kept their romance alive.

“We have a lot of common interests,” Cady gushed. “We like each other very much. We both love to golf, camp, and travel together. Music is both our hobbies. We’re both interested in writing.”

Though he had a lustrous cross-genre career, he was always happiest while he was acting. And out of all the parts he played, Sam Drucker was his favorite.

“I’ve never had more fun in my life than playing this character,” he shared. “He’s closer to me than any other roles I ever played.”